weird ping issue

I have a very strange issue.  I have a win 2k sp4 server behind a firewall that cannot ping a certain public IP address.  Other servers and clients on the same network behind the same firewall can ping the address.  When I do a trace route to the public ip address on the affected server, I trace down to the gateway address and then time out.  On the other servers/clients on same network, I can trace route through to the next and final hop.  I can browse to a webserver on that public IP address on the affected machine.  Just the ping won’t work. I have deleted the route on the affetcted server using the route delete command to no avail.  I have no outbound restrictive policies and the host device doesn’t either. Can anyone help with this?
mingo3369Asked:
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mattacukCommented:
What is the make and model of the Router/Firewall ?(your default gateway).  It is possible to explicitly deny ICMP (Pings) on a host by host basis using Cisco routers for example.
mingo3369Author Commented:
I thought of this but we have not made any router or firewall changes.  This just began happening all of a sudden.
mattacukCommented:
Interesting. This may sound odd, but you could try putting the server in question into another switchport as ive seen faulty switchports distort packet contents in the past. Also, could I pleased see the contents of IPconfig/all for the NIC on your server.''

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mingo3369Author Commented:
Wouldn't fauluty switch port distort all ping tranmissions?  I can ping a whole range of other public Ip's from that server.
maharlikaCommented:
Can you ping other public ip addresses from this server? If so, is it possible that your particular server is being blocked on the other end; the public device possibly blocking it?
mattacukCommented:
you are correct, i missread the question.
mingo3369Author Commented:
No problem, I just appreciate the help, I am stumped.
mattacukCommented:
You say the trace on your server times-out at the default gateway? could i see your ipconfig/all possibly?
mattacukCommented:
I would suggest that as all of your other hosts on your internal subnet can ping this external public IP address you do not have a routing issue. Also, as you would typically have 1 IP address on the wan interface of your router/firewall and are using NAT (I assume you are) the public server has not blocked you (it is not possible to block a specific internal host behind a nat device on a public server). It may be that you have a problem  with TCP/IP on the server perhaps? You could try re-installing TCP/IP on the server. If you can access a webpage via http  I would suggest DNS is working ok.
Craig_200XCommented:
I would try another switchport. I have seen low end routers and hubs do this.

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mattacukCommented:
Craig,  agreed. Ive seen low end switches pass only icmp, but not IP, TCP, or UDP! crazy huh?:-)
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